build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Definition of building

1 : a usually roofed and walled structure built for permanent use (as for a dwelling)
2 : the art or business of assembling materials into a structure

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Examples of building in a Sentence

My office is in that small brick building. We bought the land for building.
Recent Examples on the Web Fat Head’s Brewery built and opened its 125,000-square-foot facility on Engle Lake Drive in 2018, while a new 300,000-square-foot, multi-tenant building currently is going up just north of the brewery and restaurant. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Middleburg Heights to gain another large commercial building," 31 July 2020 The store was located opposite the city's Third Precinct building, which protesters burned after the police evacuated. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, ""Umbrella Man" caught in viral video smashing windows during Minneapolis protest is a white supremacist, police say," 29 July 2020 The Derby Hat Exchange Party will be held at the Premier Caregiver Services building, 121 Wiltshire Ave. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Is this the year to swap your hat? How to join the Kentucky Derby Hat Exchange," 11 July 2020 The building, a $14.6 million investment, is near completion. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "New Ram TRX pickup will take on Ford Raptor — and it's coming soon," 10 July 2020 Milliman, now at 15800 W. Bluemound Road, will occupy 118,300 square feet in a six-story, 186,000-square-foot office building. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One of two new office buildings planned for The Corridor in Brookfield lands Milliman's local office," 10 July 2020 Most sleep in tents and what was once a plain, two-story brick office building, But none spend their days indoors. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Bird Box' redux: Read an exclusive excerpt from Josh Malerman's horror sequel 'Malorie'," 9 July 2020 Rendon told legislators that his office is developing a schedule that will allow pending bills to be heard but minimize the number of days that lawmakers are in the Capitol building, which is undergoing a deep cleaning. Patrick Mcgreevy Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "California legislators delay return to Capitol due to coronavirus outbreak," 8 July 2020 Last week, the company provided $15,000 in service and parts to repair and replace air conditioning units at the SA Youth building, 1215 W. Poplar. Vincent T. Davis,, "New program helps nonprofits and young members stay cool during San Antonio’s extreme summer heat," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of building

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of building was in the 13th century

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4 Aug 2020

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“Building.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of building

: a structure (such as a house, hospital, school, etc.) with a roof and walls that is used as a place for people to live, work, do activities, store things, etc.
: the act or process of making structures by putting together materials


build·​ing | \ ˈbil-diŋ How to pronounce building (audio) \

Kids Definition of building

1 : a permanent structure built as a dwelling, shelter, or place for human activities or for storage an office building
2 : the art, work, or business of assembling materials into a structure

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